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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

With help from Migos, Drake, Rutgers' Janarion Grant earns dancing reputation

(AP photo)
By Tyler Barto
Twitter: @Tyler_Barto

PISCATAWAY — Rutgers brought some of its training camp Club Ice in smaller doses to the team's meeting room earlier this season, when head coach Kyle Flood demanded Janarion Grant's presence front and center.

Grant, the team's top dancer in most circles, tried to wiggle out of it. But teammates coaxed him into an early morning dance-off to Migos and Drake's "Versace" remix.

"I'm a timid person," Grant said. "I'll be like, 'Nah, I don't want to.' Everybody will be like, 'C'mon.' I'll be like, 'Alright.' I'll show them a little something. Coach Flood knew I could dance. He put on a song right before we started and I just danced for him."

Grant, from Trilby, Florida, doesn't hide his playlist preferences.

"I'll always be down for the southern (music)," he said.

Grant enjoyed his best return game of the season Saturday against Indiana, recording 192 all-purpose yards, topped only by a season-opening 193. He is third in the Big Ten, averaging 24.7 yards per kick return.

GIF: Janarion Grant hop steps his way past Michigan defenders

Grant had been largely kept under wraps for the previous eight games, discounting a 44-yard return in the second half at Nebraska. 

Rutgers has two kick return plays to both the right and left, Grant said, which involve a lot of nuance.

"It's about staying in your gap, but it's also about how you're blocking your opponent, whether you have to push them out or in the other direction," he said. "You have to open the seam. You have to make the correct blocks."

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